Marlink, NORMA Cyber ink deal to improve maritime cyber protection

Marlink, NORMA Cyber ink deal to improve maritime cyber protection

Smart network and ICT solutions company, Marlink, has signed a strategic agreement with Norwegian Maritime Cyber Resilience Centre, NORMA CYBER, to bolster cyber security intelligence.

Combining the NORMA Cyber knowledge hub with its own cyber security portfolio, Marlink expects to offer an additional layer of cyber expertise designed to government graded specifications. 

Marlink’s suite of cyber solutions is designed to provide protection across multiple threat vectors.

Its Endpoint Security solution blocks unauthorised data from entering onboard ship systems with the aim of enabling users to send and receive only approved data for each network component.

Its Unified Threat Management (UTM) service provides policies and rules at a network level segregating traffic and using advanced firewall settings to protect communications channels across a combination of networks, securing crew and business traffic.

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NORMA Cyber provides centralised cyber security services to Norwegian shipowners and other entities. Its member base consists of 420 Norwegian shipowners and operators controlling 3,400 vessels, drilling rigs and other mobile units.

“Our expertise is within understanding the threats that are of greatest interest to Marlink customers, and we see mutual benefit to this collaboration among all our stakeholders,” said Lars Benjamin Vold, Managing Director, NORMA Cyber.

“The combination of knowledge gathered from the wider maritime cluster and that gained over many years of operations will provide tangible benefits to Marlink customers,” said Nicolas Furgé, President Digital, Marlink.

This partnership comes a year after Marlink announced it is providing with a hybrid network solution, bundling its VSAT connectivity with L-band backup and global 4G connectivity on 127 vessels, to improve the shipping giant’s connectivity to run its business and crew applications.

More recently, in December 2022, Japanese shipowner, MOL, announced it will use Marlink’s hybrid connectivity tools to evaluate its sustainability and crew strategies.

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